made by hand craft fair, cardiff

you know when you’re feeling a bit of a creative lull and you need a burst of inspiration? the made by hand craft fair provided just that for me yesterday. it’s still on over the weekend (from 10-5 and ’til 4 on sunday) and i highly recommend a visit if you’re in or near cardiff. it’s in the city hall, so easy to get to, and you could even pop into town after if you want to – that’s if you haven’t spent all your money on wonderful handmade goods from makers from wales and the rest of the uk. tickets are £6 and worth every penny.

jacket with appliqued face

yellow elk brooch from ellymental jewellery

from ellymental jewellery

the fair is spread across two floors, and there’s a lot packed into that space too. it was recommended to me to start upstairs as it can get busier, and there’s more there so i’d second that recommendation. the stalls were arranged in an aisle like manner, so you can go around methodically or just dart between whatever takes your fancy. i was naturally drawn to anything colourful, illustrated and/or ceramic.

a lot of the makers were happy to chat and it was lovely to get to know the personalities behind the products they had on show. i definitely bonded with a couple of people over love of colour and illustration!

moon pillows and pencil pencilcases from nellystreasures

from nellys treasures

building brick flowers and birds from anya keeley

from anya keeley

there were SO MANY things i wanted to buy, particularly pretty much everything from anya keeley, whose work i immediately fell for. i could have looked at her pieces all day! i’m seriously considering going back again tomorrow to spend a bit of my birthday money (and to take a few more photos).

it’s so important to support small businesses and independent makers where you can and the made by hand craft fair provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

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